Activity Dates: 04/20/2009 - 04/20/2012
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If you are a pharmacist, nurse practitioner or other healthcare professional involved in the comprehensive medication management of psychiatric and/or neurological patients, we invite you to participate in this online course.
Fibromyalgia is a widespread chronic pain syndrome characterized by diffuse musculoskeletal achiness, stiffness, and exaggerated tenderness. Current view of the condition indicates that it is a huge continuum of pain and somatic syndromes. It is believed that increase sensitization of the central nervous system to sensory modalities results in the development of many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. The etiology of fibromyalgia is currently unknown but research is accumulating that indicates that it is most likely multifactorial.
Effective treatment of fibromyalgia utilizes non-pharmacologic as well as pharmacologic modalities. Non- pharmacologic treatments include cognitive behavioral therapies, moderate exercise as well as psychological support. Pharmacologic treatment utilizes drugs that primarily affect neurotransmittors in the CNS such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and GABA through calcium channel modulation. However, drugs with other mechanisms have shown to be useful in some patients.
You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:
This course is provided online at cpnp.org and consists of the speaker audio and slides. A PDF file of the slides is also provided and access is available to participants indefinitely although ACPE credit is available only through the course expiration date.
Participants in this course must complete an examination and achieve a score of 60% or greater. Successful completion of the course also requires the completion of a course evaluation. ACPE statements of credit can be retrieved by participants online at cpnp.org immediately upon successful completion of the course.
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Susan Rogers, BS, PharmD, BCPSView biographical information and disclosures
The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This self-study course provides 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs) of knowledge-based continuing education credit from CPNP approved programming. The ACPE universal program number assigned to this course is 0284-0000-09-006-H01-P (1.0 contact hours).
ACPE approved contact hours are accepted for ANCC Certification Renewal (see pages 5 and 6): At least 50% (37.5 hours) of your 75 continuing education hours must be formally approved continuing education hours. Formally approved continuing education hours meet one or more of the criteria listed below:
Off-Label Use: This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA (see faculty information and disclosures). The opinions expressed in the educational activity do not necessarily represent the views of CPNP and any educational partners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
Disclaimer: Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
This programming was supported in part by grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Forest Laboratories, Inc., Lilly, Schering-Plough, Cyberonics, and Shire.